Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered or soaked with a liquid, such as water.
  • adj. Not yet dry or firm: wet paint.
  • adj. Stored or preserved in liquid.
  • adj. Used or prepared with water or other liquids.
  • adj. Rainy, humid, or foggy: wet weather.
  • adj. Characterized by frequent or heavy precipitation: a wet climate.
  • adj. Informal Allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages: a wet county.
  • adj. Characterized by the use or presence of water or liquid reagents: wet chemistry.
  • n. Something that wets; moisture.
  • n. Rainy or snowy weather: go out into the wet.
  • n. Informal One who supports the legality of the production and sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • transitive v. To make wet; dampen: wet a sponge.
  • transitive v. To make (a bed or one's clothes) wet by urinating.
  • intransitive v. To become wet.
  • intransitive v. To urinate.
  • idiom all wet Slang Entirely mistaken.
  • idiom wet behind the ears Inexperienced; green.
  • idiom wet (one's) whistle Informal To take a drink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of an object, etc, covered with or impregnated with liquid.
  • adj. Of weather or a day, rainy.
  • adj. Made up of liquid or moisture.
  • adj. Of a person, ineffectual.
  • adj. Of a woman or girl, sexually aroused.
  • adj. Inexperienced in a task or profession; having the characteristics of a rookie.
  • adj. Working with chemical or biological matter.
  • adj. Permitting alcoholic beverages, as during Prohibition.
  • adj. Covered in a sauce.
  • n. Liquid or moisture.
  • n. Rainy weather.
  • n. A moderate Conservative.
  • n. An alcoholic drink.
  • v. To cover or impregnate with liquid.
  • v. To urinate accidentally in or on.
  • v. To become wet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing, or consisting of, water or other liquid; moist; soaked with a liquid; having water or other liquid upon the surface
  • adj. Very damp; rainy.
  • adj. Employing, or done by means of, water or some other liquid.
  • adj. Refreshed with liquor; drunk.
  • n. Water or wetness; moisture or humidity in considerable degree.
  • n. Rainy weather; foggy or misty weather.
  • n. A dram; a drink.
  • transitive v. To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Covered with or permeated by a moist or fluid substance; charged with moisture: as, a wet sponge; wet land; wet cheeks; a wet painting (one on which the paint is still semi-fluid).
  • Filled with or containing a supply of water: as, a wet dock; a wet meter. See phrases below.
  • Consisting of water or other liquid; of a watery nature.
  • Characterized by rain; rainy; drizzly; showery: as, wet weather; a wet season (used especially with reference to tropical or semitropical countries, in which the year is divided into wet and dry seasons).
  • Drenched or drunk with liquor; tipsy.
  • In U. S. polit. slang, opposed to prohibition of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors: as, a wet town. Compare dry, 13.
  • n. That which makes wet, as water and other liquids; moisture; specifically, rain.
  • n. The act of wetting; specifically, a wetting of the throat with drink; a drink or dram of liquor; indulgence in drinking.
  • n. In U. S. polit. slang, an opponent of prohibition; one who favors the traffic in liquor.
  • To make wet; moisten, drench, or soak with water or other fluid; dip or soak in a liquid.
  • To moisten with drink; hence, figuratively, to inaugurate or celebrate by a drink or a treat of liquor: as, to wet a new hat.
  • n. A Middle English form of wit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very drunk
  • adj. covered or soaked with a liquid such as water
  • adj. consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor
  • v. cause to become wet
  • adj. producing or secreting milk
  • v. make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating
  • adj. supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages
  • adj. containing moisture or volatile components
  • n. wetness caused by water

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wǣt; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wett ("wet, moistened"), past participle of Middle English weten ("to wet"), from Old English wǣtan ("to wet, moisten, water"), from Proto-Germanic *wētanan (“to water, wet”), from Proto-Indo-European *wed-, *wod- (“wet”), *wódr̥ (“water”). Cognate with Scots weit, wete ("to wet"), Icelandic væta ("to wet"). Compare also Middle English weet ("wet"), from Old English wǣt ("wet, moist, rainy"), from Proto-Germanic *wētaz (“wet, moist”), related to Scots weit, weet, wat ("wet"), North Frisian wiat, weet, wäit ("wet"), Saterland Frisian wäit ("wet"), West Frisian wiet ("wet"), Swedish våt ("wet"), Norwegian våt ("wet"), Danish våd ("wet"), Faroese vátur ("wet"), Icelandic votur ("wet"). More at water. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This was a term wet propagandists had found convenient in their effort to stamp the mark of greed on Prohibition supporters like Asa Candler of Coca-Cola.

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  • They move like this, and you know, you hear the term wet storm, dry storms.

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  • Liam Hartz, a Marshfield charter school student, used the phrase wet fur'' to describe the rays' exterior.

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  • The Lord will rain for ever and ever, and, on that day, the Earth shall be wet and His name wet.

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  • Their house specialty was what they called a wet burrito.

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  • It's what we call a wet wing, which means gasoline is in the wing tank in the wing itself and in reality, we were able to get that.

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  • It's what we call a wet wing, which means gasoline is in the wing tank in the wing itself.

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  • It's what we call a wet wing, which means gasoline is in the wing tank, in the wing itself.

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  • I can see that there's a watery reflection down here, so the houseboats that you see here are what we call wet-slipped boats, which means they are actually in the water all the time.

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  • One afternoon, taking a glass of sangaree at the tavern, I was accosted by one of our late mids who had come on shore with some others to what he called wet his commission.

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  • In medicine, refers to someone that is fluid-overloaded, as from heart failure. "I got called on a patient having trouble breathing. When I examined her, she sounded wet, so I gave her some Lasix."

    January 26, 2008